Introduction

Should you wish to replace or upgrade the memory in your laptop, this guide will show you how to access and remove your old RAM.

  1. Remove the 13 indicated screws (6.2 mm) using a Phillips #1 screwdriver. Remove the 13 indicated screws (6.2 mm) using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove the 13 indicated screws (6.2 mm) using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  2. Insert your plastic opening tool between the bottom case and the rest of the laptop. Using the plastic opening tool as a lever, apply downward pressure on the tool to lift the bottom up. Make your way around the case with the tool, every so often applying downward pressure to lift the bottom up.
    • Insert your plastic opening tool between the bottom case and the rest of the laptop.

    • Using the plastic opening tool as a lever, apply downward pressure on the tool to lift the bottom up.

    • Make your way around the case with the tool, every so often applying downward pressure to lift the bottom up.

    • Lift the bottom off the laptop.

  3. Make sure you have properly grounded yourself to avoid potentially damaging any internal components by wearing the anti-static wrist strap and attaching the clip end to metal. Press and hold the button pointed to on the motherboard for 5 seconds.
    • Make sure you have properly grounded yourself to avoid potentially damaging any internal components by wearing the anti-static wrist strap and attaching the clip end to metal.

    • Press and hold the button pointed to on the motherboard for 5 seconds.

  4. Dislodge the battery's connector to the motherboard by using the plastic opening tool as a lever on the two small plastic tabs that stick out on either side of the connector. Dislodge the battery's connector to the motherboard by using the plastic opening tool as a lever on the two small plastic tabs that stick out on either side of the connector. Dislodge the battery's connector to the motherboard by using the plastic opening tool as a lever on the two small plastic tabs that stick out on either side of the connector.
    • Dislodge the battery's connector to the motherboard by using the plastic opening tool as a lever on the two small plastic tabs that stick out on either side of the connector.

  5. Unscrew the two 6.2 mm Phillips #1 head screws on either side of the battery as indicated. Unscrew the two 6.2 mm Phillips #1 head screws on either side of the battery as indicated.
    • Unscrew the two 6.2 mm Phillips #1 head screws on either side of the battery as indicated.

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  7. Lift the battery up and off the rest of the laptop. Lift the battery up and off the rest of the laptop.
    • Lift the battery up and off the rest of the laptop.

  8. Remove the two antenna cables from the wireless card. These should snap lightly out of place when lifted upwards. Remove the two antenna cables from the wireless card. These should snap lightly out of place when lifted upwards.
    • Remove the two antenna cables from the wireless card. These should snap lightly out of place when lifted upwards.

  9. Remove the 6.2mm #1 Phillips head screw attaching the wireless card to the case. Pull the wireless card horizontally away from the motherboard to remove it from the connector. Pull the wireless card horizontally away from the motherboard to remove it from the connector.
    • Remove the 6.2mm #1 Phillips head screw attaching the wireless card to the case.

    • Pull the wireless card horizontally away from the motherboard to remove it from the connector.

  10. Holding the laptop in place, slide the hard drive horizontally out from the SATA connector. Holding the laptop in place, slide the hard drive horizontally out from the SATA connector.
    • Holding the laptop in place, slide the hard drive horizontally out from the SATA connector.

  11. Lightly pry upwards on the black plastic tab to release the touchpad cable, then gently pull the cable from the connector. Lightly pry upwards on the black plastic tab to release the touchpad cable, then gently pull the cable from the connector. Lightly pry upwards on the black plastic tab to release the touchpad cable, then gently pull the cable from the connector.
    • Lightly pry upwards on the black plastic tab to release the touchpad cable, then gently pull the cable from the connector.

  12. Find the keyboard cable. Pull the two gray plastic tabs outwards to release the ribbon. Gently pull the cable from the connector. Find the keyboard cable. Pull the two gray plastic tabs outwards to release the ribbon. Gently pull the cable from the connector. Find the keyboard cable. Pull the two gray plastic tabs outwards to release the ribbon. Gently pull the cable from the connector.
    • Find the keyboard cable. Pull the two gray plastic tabs outwards to release the ribbon. Gently pull the cable from the connector.

  13. Pull down gently on the black speaker cable connector to disconnect it from the motherboard. Pull down gently on the black speaker cable connector to disconnect it from the motherboard. Pull down gently on the black speaker cable connector to disconnect it from the motherboard.
    • Pull down gently on the black speaker cable connector to disconnect it from the motherboard.

  14. Peel up the tape adhering the display cable to the connector on the motherboard. Slide the display cable horizontally out of the connector to remove it from the motherboard. Slide the display cable horizontally out of the connector to remove it from the motherboard.
    • Peel up the tape adhering the display cable to the connector on the motherboard.

    • Slide the display cable horizontally out of the connector to remove it from the motherboard.

  15. Unscrew the four 6.2mm Phillips #1 screws attaching the motherboard to the case. With all the screws and cables detached, lift the motherboard directly upwards out of the case. With all the screws and cables detached, lift the motherboard directly upwards out of the case.
    • Unscrew the four 6.2mm Phillips #1 screws attaching the motherboard to the case.

    • With all the screws and cables detached, lift the motherboard directly upwards out of the case.

  16. Flip over the motherboard after removing it from the case. Apply pressure outward on the metal tabs on either side of the RAM stick to release them from the notches on the stick. The RAM stick may be under some tension and potentially fly out of the socket if not held in place as the tabs are released.
    • Flip over the motherboard after removing it from the case.

    • Apply pressure outward on the metal tabs on either side of the RAM stick to release them from the notches on the stick.

    • The RAM stick may be under some tension and potentially fly out of the socket if not held in place as the tabs are released.

    • After the tabs have been released, slide the RAM out of the slot.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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